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Custodial, Housekeeping and Janitorial Cleaning

Photo courtesy of WorksafeBC. Slips, trips and falls are one of the leading causes for injury in the cleaning industry

Slips, trips and falls are one of the leading causes for injury in the cleaning industry.

Photo courtesy of Cal/OSHA.

Did you know that custodians, housekeepers and janitors are exposed to many hazards in the workplace, including harmful substances or environments, musculoskeletal disorders, and slips, trips and falls?

Some of these hazards include the following:

  • Exposure to materials, such as used needles or other sharp objects that contain bloodborne pathogens when handling trash.
  • Electric shock from a power source when changing a light bulb or plugging in machinery.
  • Sanding or buffing floors with fuel powered machinery in enclosed spaces that have poor ventilation. This can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Exposure to chemicals when handling or mixing chemicals to clean toilets and wipe down surfaces. This can cause skin or eye irritation, asthma, dermatitis and allergies.
  • Tripping over electrical cords or slipping on wet surfaces.
  • Sprains and strains when standing for long periods of time, pushing or pulling carts and lifting heavy objects.
  • Robberies and assaults when working alone at night.

Information provided on this topic page can help identify and evaluate existing and potential safety and health hazards. This also provides resources to help with training, prevention methods and a required written Accident Prevention Program (APP).

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